On a sunny afternoon on the four corners surrounding Planned Parenthood’s Beaverton facility, over 300 people gathered to rally and call for the defunding and investigation of America’s largest abortion provider.
The Wednesday, July 28th rally coincided with simultaneous rallies in over 65 other cities around the country also organized by Students for Life of America.
The rallies, known by the hashtag #WomenBetrayed, were planned after the release of videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing top executives of Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of body parts of aborted babies over lunch with undercover investigators posing as potential buyers. The latest video, released Tuesday, shows at least one Planned Parenthood employee participating in the selection of body parts from an aborted baby for later sale.
Wednesday’s rally included speakers from local Students for Life groups, Oregon Right to Life, SaveOne, Democrats for Life of America and others.
“In the last 12 years…Oregonians have spent $20 million of our tax dollars on abortions,” said Representative Bill Post (R-Keizer). “The taxpayer funding of abortions must end. Now that is something that I can do as a State Representative, and I promise to do that. I will write a bill, it will come out in the February  session.”
Caleb Knezevich, President of Portland Community College Students for Life, told the crowd that abortion can either end the same way slavery was abolished forever or how prohibition of alcohol was eventually repealed. He urged everyone present to start planning now for when abortion is banned to be sure that it is permanently ended.
Representatives from Students for Life groups passed out petitions calling on all U.S. Presidential Candidates to pledge to defund Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood being caught in the latest undercover video…selling parts of babies is definitely a bipartisan issue,” said Melody Durrett, a Students for Life representative, to KATU News. “The American public is outraged by this.”
“Planned Parenthood betrays women when they tell them that abortion is only taking out tissue,” Gayle Atteberry, Executive Director of Oregon Right to Life, told the crowd. “Planned Parenthood betrays women when they push abortion above all other options. Planned Parenthood does 180 abortions for every one adoption referral… And Planned Parenthood betrays women when they say that the abortionist will in no way change the abortion procedure if they decide to donate [baby body parts]. We saw on the videos how abortionists alter the abortion procedure in order to not damage the organs and other parts that they want to sell.”
Less than a dozen supporters of Planned Parenthood were also present holding signs behind the facility.